Soon India To Have Its Own Hypersonic Missile By 2020

Hello Defence Lovers, Russians have announced creation of special fuel for hyper sonic vehicles and missiles, as well as the creation of an oxygen-free engine for the PAK FA fighter jet. Russia may have taken the lead in developing a hypersonic missile, but India is not far behind. India is developing a second generation BrahMos-II missile is collaboration with Russia. The missile will use the same scram jet technology that Zircon has.The BrahMos-II is expected to have a range of 600 km. The missile is expected to be ready for testing by 2020.




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What Is Hypersonic Missile :
  • A Hypersonic missile would travel at least five times the speed of sound (Mach 5).
  • Kh-90 (3,000-4,000 km) is a hypersonic Air-to-surface cruise missile developed in 1990 by the USSR and later by Russia. This missile was designed to cruise from Mach 4 to Mach 6, eventually being able to travel at speeds lower than Mach 10–15.
  • BrahMos-II (~300 km) is a hypersonic missile currently under development in India and Russia.
  • 3M22 Zircon Hypersonic anti-ship cruise missile.
  • Shaurya (missile) (700-1,900 km) a canister launched hypersonic surface-to-surface tactical missile developed by India.
  • High Speed Strike Weapon missile based on Boeing X-51.
  • Tactical Boost Glide (TBG): Air-launched hypersonic boost glide missile under development.
  • Yu-71 hypersonic glide vehicle that can be carried by RS-28 Sarmat.
  • WU-14 (DF-ZF) hypersonic glide vehicle which can also be used as an anti-ship ballistic missile.
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India To Have Its Own Hypersonic Missile By 2020 :
  • While Russia is expecting to begin serial production of its Zircon hypersonic missile soon, BrahMos-II a hyper-sonic cruise missile is currently under joint development by Russia and India.
  • It is speculated that it will travel at a speed of Mach 7 and have an operational range of 600 km.
  • It has the ability to be fired from ships, submarines, aircraft, and land, and is a versatile missile that will strike fast.
  • It will hit with a mighty force to destroy hardened and buried targets such as bunkers and storage facilities.
  • Work is already underway for developing the new version for cruising at Mach 7 speed (seven times the speed of sound), as compared to the current Mach 2.8 of Brahmos.
  • The success of BrahMos-I, world’s first and only operational supersonic cruise missile developed in an Indo-Russian joint venture, has paved the way for developing the hypersonic cruise missile version, BrahMos-II.
  • India has reaped the first benefit of being in the MTCR club, as scientists successfully tested a BrahMos cruise missile with an extended range of 450 km on March 11, 2017.
  • During the launch at 1130 hrs, the land-attack version of the supersonic cruise missile system met its mission parameters in a copybook manner.
  • It was a text book launch achieving 100% results, executed with high precision from the Mobile Autonomous Launcher (MAL) deployed in full configuration.
  • “With the successful test firing of BRAHMOS Extended Range missile, BRAHMOS-ER, the Indian Armed Forces will be empowered to knock down enemy targets far beyond the 400 kms.
  • BRAHMOS has thus proved its prowess once again as the best supersonic cruise missile system in the world,” Dr. Sudhir Mishra, CEO & MD of BrahMos Aerospace, said from the launch site.
  • Because of the restrictive missile technology control regime (MTCR), the cruise missile that was developed with Russian collaboration had a maximum range of 290 km, as export of missiles having a range of more than 300 km was prohibited under MTCR rules.
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Russian Lead
  • Russia may have taken the lead in developing a hypersonic missile, but India is not far behind.
  • India is developing the second generation BrahMos-II missile is collaboration with Russia.
  • The missile will use the same scramjet technology that Russian new hypersonic Zircon cruise missile has.
  • The BrahMos-II is expected to have a range of 600 km.
  • The missile is expected to be ready for testing by 2020.
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